The Tallest Man on Earth

Kristian Matsson, aka the Tallest Man on Earth, is a 29-year-old songwriter from Dalarna, Sweden. The first recordings from the Tallest Man on Earth surfaced in 2006 via a self-titled EP released on the Swedish independent label Gravitation. Matsson followed this EP with his 2008 full length, Shallow Grave, an album that drew accolades from the likes of NPR and Pitchfork. Many in North America were introduced to the Tallest Man on Earth on a tour with Bon Iver, including a stop for two shows at the legendary New York City venue Town Hall. The Tallest Man on Earth was winning over audiences through powerful performances, taking the stage alone with his acoustic guitar and captivating the crowds night after night.

WATCH // The Tallest Man On Earth Daytime Debut On CBS This Morning

“In his sold-out concert at the Beacon Theater on Wednesday, he used every inch of his long guitar cord to roam the stage: darting around, crouching, stretching, hip-twitching, perching briefly and jittering away, but always ending up back at the microphone when he had more words to sing. Which was often, because for all his hyperactivity Mr. Matsson is a guitar-slinger rooted in folk, and his songs are troubadour ballads at heart, carrying knotty, imagistic verses. . . And while his melodies could often be ballads, his guitar playing offers them no repose: It’s quick strumming or even faster fingerpicking, always pushing.”

— The New York Times

“’Dark Bird’ began with Matsson playing and singing alone and built to a rousing conclusion that brought a crowd who had listened in rapt attention all night to its feet, shouting approval. It was a fitting summary of one Man’s evolving musical journey.” — Washington Post

The Tallest Man on Earth’s North American tour in support of Dark Bird Is Home concluded with a run of vibrant sold out performances at Washington, D.C.’s Lincoln Theatre and New York’s Beacon Theatre and Music Hall of Williamsburg, plus a daytime television debut on CBS This Morning: Saturday. This past Saturday to early risers across the globe, Kristian Matsson and his five-piece band performed Dark Bird Is Home single, “Sagres,” and album opener “Fields of Our Home,” plus “Like The Wheel,” a favorite from 2010’s Sometimes the Blues Is Just A Passing Bird, for a web-exclusive. Following last month’s late night television debut on Conan, this was a wonderful way to end The Tallest Man’s first-ever full band tour, and it was clearly evident to the band and sold out rooms, this is merely the beginning of great things to come in support of this new record.

The Tallest Man On Earth’s Dark Bird Is Home is out now on Dead Oceans. The next North American run includes performances at Forecastle, Eaux Claires Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza, and MusicfestNW. All tour dates are below.

The Tallest Man On Earth Tour Dates (tix)
Fri. June 19-Sun. June 21 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
Fri. June 19-Sun. June 21 – Scheessel, De @ Hurricane Festival
Fri. June 19-Sun. June 21 – Munich, DE @ Southside Festival
Tue. June 23 – London, UK @ Koko – SOLD OUT
Wed. June 24 – Antwerp, BE @ Openlucht Theater – SOLD OUT
Thu. June 25 – Paris, FR @ Divan Du Monde – SOLD OUT
Sun. June 28 – Stockholm, SE @ Göta Lejon – SOLD OUT
Mon. June 29 – Stockholm, SE @ Göta Lejon – SOLD OUT
Tue. June 30 – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller – SOLD OUT
Thu. July 2 – Goteborg, SE @ Pustervik – SOLD OUT
Sat. June 27–Sat. July 4 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
Fri. July 17-Sun. July19 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle
Fri. July 17 – Sat. July 18 – Eau Claire, WI @ Eaux Claires Festival
Mon. July 20 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre #
Wed. July 22 – Buffalo, NY @ Asbury Hall @ Babeville #
Fri. July 24 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
Sat. July 25 – Richmond, VA @ The National
Sun. July 26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall
Wed. July 29 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Thu. July 30 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theater
Fri. July 31 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Pabst Theater
Fri. July 31 – Sun. Aug. 2 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza – SOLD OUT
Fri. Aug. 21 – Sun. Aug. 23 – Portland, OR @ MusicfestNW
Sat. Sep. 5 – Holland, MI @ Hope College – Knickerbocker Theatre
Sat. Oct. 3 – Oslo, NO @ Opera House ^
Sun. Oct. 4 – Göteborg, SE @ Konserthuset ^
Mon. Oct. 5 – Stockholm, SE @ Cirkus ^
Tue. Oct. 6 – Umea, SE @ Idun ^
Thu. Oct. 8 – Linköping, SE @ Crusell ^
Fri. Oct. 9 – Falun, SE @ Magasinet ^
Sat. Oct. 10 – Arhus, DK @ Voxhall ^
Mon. Oct. 12 – Cologne, DK @ E-Werk ^
Tue. Oct 13 – Berlin, DE @ Huxley’s ^
Wed. Oct. 14 – Vienna, AT @ Arena ^
Thu. Oct. 15 – Milan, IT @ Alcatraz ^
Fri. Oct. 16 – Zürich, CH @ Volkshaus ^
Sat. Oct. 17 – Paris, FR @ La Cigal ^
Mon. Oct. 19 – London, UK @ Roundhouse ^
Tue. Oct. 20 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC ^
Wed. Oct. 21 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street ^
Fri. Oct. 23 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall ^
Sat. Oct. 24 – Bexhill, UK @ De La Warr ^
Sun. Oct. 25 – Brussels, BE @ AB ^
Tue. Oct. 27 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega ^

# with Hiss Golden Messenger
^ with Phil Cook

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READ // Photographer Cameron Wittig Discusses Album Art For ‘Dark Bird Is Home’ From The Tallest Man On Earth Via Half-Past

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Midwest photographer Cameron Wittig recently sat down with Half-Past to discuss the striking album cover on Dark Bird Is Home, the newest album from The Tallest Man On Earth (aka Sweden’s Kristian Matsson). What started as a ‘friendship birthed from a chance meeting, some friendly conversation, and copious Wisconsin wedding whisky’, the two met in 2014 at a felow musician’s country wedding. When the time came around for a new album cover, Matsson trusted Wittig to give a face to his new project. From the article (Which you can read in full here)-

“It was to be a photographic reinterpretation of stories that came out of discussions about the record and the recording process in Sweden. The figure of Dark Bird was born on a mountaintop near the town where Kristian lives. She may or may not be real. It doesn’t matter in the end, as she is more powerful as a specter, this beautiful figure of uncertainty and change.”

Primarily a portrait photographer, Cameron recruited the talents of a friend to be his model for the cover as they travelled around his neighborhood shooting on the steps of houses that felt just right.

“I asked her to stand on the steps of houses that I selected based on how they looked or felt. Nothing was planned ahead of time. We did maybe six or seven different houses in various ways. Some were fancy houses, some were not. A few were abandoned. But it was always this figure in an ambiguous stance. She looks like she could be returning; frozen in a moment of contemplation anticipating what might happen once she rings the bell. Or perhaps she’s leaving and taking one last look at what her life was before she leaves forever. I didn’t really decide what that was going to be.”

Purchase Dark Bird Is Home:
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The Tallest Man On Earth is currently on tour. Full dates and tickets after the jump

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ALBUM RELEASE // The Tallest Man On Earth “Dark Bird Is Home” Out Now Worldwide

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“On Dark Bird, Matsson’s voice, reedy and resonant, is recorded raw and seemingly almost inside the microphone. The effect is one of feeling a brain on fire while setting its sights on itself, and the byproduct is a yen for moments of serene relief as a result.”
NPR Music’s “First Listen”

“[‘Dark Bird Is Home’] finds Matsson in familiar territory: Pondering spirits, sorrow, and ‘the end’ amidst a backdrop of dust, daylight, and valleys. Matsson’s narrator is alone, but he longs to be in the company of someone else. And what begins as a simple acoustic number soon erupts into a multi-layered instrumental that sounds as pretty and contemplative as anything he’s ever done.”
ESQUIRE

“That voice undersells nothing: There are no wanly delivered lines, no flat and dour stretches of singing. His voice is prismatic, used like an old-guard storyteller who hews his words to any kind of feeling he wants. “
Pitchfork

The Tallest Man On Earth (aka Sweden’s Kristian Matsson) releases his fourth and fullest album, Dark Bird Is Home, today on Dead Oceans. It is deeper, darker more sophisticated and personal than anything The Tallest Man has previously created. Reliably, the melodies and arrangements are sturdy and classic, and the lyrics and their delivery are both comforting and alarming. You should expect the loudest and proudest songs yet from The Tallest Man On Earth on album number four, but also the softest and the lowest.

Tomorrow, The Tallest Man will kick off his first ever tour with a full-band, and next week he’ll make his late night television debut. In between Forecastle and Lollapalooza, he’s adding a Midwest tour, which will include a performance at the Newport Folk Festival, as well as an additional New York show in June. Full dates and tickets after the jump

Purchase Dark Bird Is Home:
via Secretly Distribution
via iTunes
via Amazon
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Stream The Tallest Man On Earth’s ‘Dark Bird Is Home’ via NPR Music’s “First Listen”

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ALBUM OUT MAY 12TH ON DEAD OCEANS

“On Dark Bird, Matsson‘s voice, reedy and resonant, is recorded raw and seemingly almost inside the microphone. The effect is one of feeling a brain on fire while setting its sights on itself, and the byproduct is a yen for moments of serene relief as a result.”NPR Music’s “First Listen”

Dark Bird Is Home will be available to stream for two weeks via NPR Music’s “First Listen” leading into its May 12th release on Dead Oceans.

Stream Dark Bird Is Home via NPR Music’s “First Listen”
http://www.npr.org/2015/04/22/401482583/first-listen-the-tallest-man-on-earth-dark-bird-is-home

Dark Bird Is Home pre-order:
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Booking Agent Contact

U.S.:
BILLIONS - Adam Voith
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EUROPE:
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tour dates

07/17/15

Eau Claire, WI - Eaux Claires

07/18/15

Eau Claire, WI - Eaux Claires

07/19/15

Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival

07/20/15

Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre  w/ Hiss Golden Messenger

07/22/15

Buffalo, NY - Asbury Hall @ Babeville  w/ Hiss Golden Messenger

07/24/15

Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival

07/25/15

Richmond, VA - The National
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Dark Bird Is Home by The Tallest Man on Earth
Sagres by The Tallest Man on Earth
1904 by The Tallest Man on Earth
Like The Wheel by The Tallest Man on Earth
Burden of Tomorrow by The Tallest Man on Earth
King of Spain by The Tallest Man On Earth

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